Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96751
Authors: 
Hunter, Boyd
Howlett, Monica
Biddle, Nicholas
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8040
Abstract: 
Gneezy et al. (2012) uses attribution theory from the psychology literature to argue that when the object of discrimination is a matter of choice (e.g. sexual orientation), observed discrimination may motivated by animus, which exacerbates or intensifies the emotional response to the object of discrimination. This paper builds on this insight based on the understanding that ethnicity is largely a social construct where individuals can often choose to identify with an ethnic group that may be the object of discrimination. A theoretical model is constructed that predicts that the choice to identify interacts with the observability of ethnicity, and the exposure to situations where there is a risk of discrimination, to produce a non-linear relationship with reported episodes of discrimination. Evidence from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Social Survey (NATSISS) is presented that is consistent with the predictions of this theory.
Subjects: 
discrimination
racial bias
identity
social networks
JEL: 
J15
J71
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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